Eighty percent of the athletes that enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville between 2007-10 graduated within six years, according to numbers released by the NCAA on Wednesday. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers who receive athletic aid and graduate and deletes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete. Arkansas' previous GSR score was 78 a year ago and the latest score is 33 percent higher than the 60 it received in the NCAA's first report in 2005.
The NCAA GSR is created to reflect the proportion of student-athletes on any given team who earn a college degree within a six-year window of their initial enrollment.
"Every day, in everything they do, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration strive for comprehensive excellence, including results in the classroom, athletic venues and community", Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said.
Auburn Athletics' federal graduation rate was 69 percent, matching last year's program best.
Purdue student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility presently graduate at a 90 percent rate. GSR begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and certain non-scholarship students to the sample. Twelve of Clemson's 14 sports eclipsed the national average for NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools.More news: Pentagon Supports Diplomacy In North Korea But Weighs Other Options
The GSR does not penalize institutions for athletes who transfer in good academic standing.
Five of the Herd's programs had ideal 100 percent rates.
In men's basketball, the Hokies' GSR was 80 percent, a number that ranked tied for eighth in the ACC and was two percentage points above the FBS national average. Baseball, men's track and field, soccer and softball either improved or maintained their GSR scores. BU, which has finished first or second among Big 12 schools in composite GSR nine times in the last 11 years, also paced the Big 12 in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Ten other Husker programs achieved a GSR of 85 percent or higher, including baseball, men's cross country/track, football, men's golf, men's gymnastics, rifle, women's cross country/track, women's golf, soccer and women's swimming.